Atlanta’s Botanical Garden

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be wandering in a botanical garden and all of a sudden come upon a tree painted pink?  How about looking up to discover there are big red discs hovering in the trees?  What would you think about spying chandeliers amongst the orchids? Pay a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in June and see “The Curious Garden” exhibit that includes eleven site-specific installations designed to inspire people to observe and converse with one another.  Click here to read about this exhibit.

Also at the garden are sculptures and water features including glass pieces by Dale Chihuly.  There are Japanese, Rose, Rock, and Children’s gardens.  Visit the Fuqua Orchid Center and the Keneda Canopy Walk.  During the month of June, you will find these flowers in bloom: Climbing Noisette Rose, Dwarf Pomegranate, Hardy Gladiolus, Jungle Geranium, Rain Lily and Uncarina.

If all the walking around makes you a bit peckish, or you need to cool off with a cold drink, there are several options available.  The Longleaf Restaurant offers full-service dining and a grab-and-go café.  Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 3:00.  Entrée’s range from $10 to $21.  There is also a grab-and-go café. The Quick Café is open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and offers sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts.  On Saturday and Sunday, you will find sandwiches and snacks at the Snack Bar from 11:00 to 5:00.

Two libraries are at the Garden.  The Sheffield Botanical Library specializes in works about the Southeast and has a Children’s Corner.  The Orchid Reference Library contains information on palms, bromeliads, conifers, and carnivorous plants as well as orchids.  Both libraries are open to the public, but require setting up an appointment.  For the Sheffield Botanical Library call 404.591.1546 and for the Orchid Reference Library call 404.591.1725.

Most of the garden is handicap accessible; a limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge. Scooters can be rented for $25 for four hours.

The thirty-acre garden, adjacent to Piedmont Park, is open Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for children, and children under age 3 are admitted for free.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
345 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA  30309

A parking facility is available for the following fees.

  • 0 – 30 minutes – Free
  • 31 – 60 minutes – $2.00
  • Each additional 30 minutes – $1.00
  • Maximum daily rate – $15.00

And if you are a Gladys Knight fan, you might want to catch the concert on Sunday, June 18.

From the conference hotel, you may also take the MARTA train to either the Midtown or Lindbergh Center stations. Then take bus #27 that will take you right to the front entrance. The trip should take about 50 minutes.

Written by Beth Parry, Mercer University

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